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What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Skin and Hair

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781399814621

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 20th June 2024

Genre: Medicine / Clinical & Internal Medicine / Dermatology

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The appearance of our skin and hair has a huge impact on our psychological wellbeing and confidence. Women feel pressure to have glowing, blemish-free skin, and thick, luscious hair at all times – in reality, our skin is a dynamic living organ which reacts to hormonal changes across the lifecycle, from puberty to the menopause. When our skin does not look healthy, and when our hair is thin or falling out, we want to understand why, and what we can do about it.

We can spend large amounts on different creams and beauty products, or cover the problem with makeup, but ultimately the question most asked by women, and unanswered by skincare regimes, is ‘could this be hormonal?’

The answer is, of course, ‘yes‘ – and if you read this book, you’ll know exactly how and why. By giving you a better understanding of the relationship between your hormones, and common skin and hair problems, Dr Mandy Leonhardt will help you find lasting solutions whatever your issue.

Whether you suffer with outbreaks, dry skin, sensitive skin, pigmentation or are concerned about the way your skin is aging in midlife, What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Skin and Hair will provide you with the tools to find more holistic and effective solutions which don’t just scratch (or moisturise) the surface, but which look at the root cause of the problem.

Drawing on both the latest research and on her years of experience as a GP and specialist in women’s health, Dr Leonhardt offers scientifically proven and practical advice to both understand and better manage the condition of your skin, hair and nails. She will explain which skincare principles (and types of product) are worthwhile, and which aren’t; and how you can effectively connect the dots between your skin health and factors like nutrition and lifestyle. She gives clear advice on which non-medical treatments are worth pursuing (and, again, which aren’t), and plenty of additional resources to help you find a cost-effective regime which takes both your hormonal stage in life and your bank balance into account.


Did you know that our skin is more sensitive to sun damage later in the day? That high dose supplements marketed for hair growth may actually lead to hair loss? That the contraceptive pill reduces the risk of scarring in severe acne, or that HRT may reduce facial flushing in rosacea? Do you want to know whether collagen supplements are really worth it? Look no further! What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Skin and Hair covers this all, and much, much more. Jam-packed with practical tips and fascinating insights, this book truly deserves a place on your bookshelf. Mandy has written an incredibly comprehensive resource - a companion guide to our skin, hair and hormones - that will be my go-to from now on.
Dr Hannah Short, Menopause Specialist and co-author of 'The Complete Guide to POI & Early Menopause'
This book is a fantastic read. Simple enough for everyone to understand but detailed enough for clinicians to also use as a bible to hair and skin health.
Dr Naomi Potts, Menopause expert and co-author, 'Menopausing'
Who knew that skin and hair could be so fascinating, but fascinating they are. This fabulous book is absolutely jam-packed full of useful information. Buy it, read it, and then encourage your female family members and friends to do the same, they will thank you for the recommendation. A fascinating treasure trove of wise words about how to care for your skin and hair from puberty to post-menopause.
Diane Danzebrink, author, speaker and founder of the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign
Why do we get pimples around our period? Why do we go grey? Why does our skin become itchy and thinner with perimenopause? Where did the ends of my eyebrows go? Dr Mandy Leonhardt's amazing book manages to break down the science to answer many of the hair, skin and nail questions we all want answers to, as well as telling us how to deal with them. A must to have on the bookshelf.
Fiona Clark, Menopause Research and Education Fund
A myth-busting, grand tour of skin and hair and how you can keep them healthy.
Lara Briden, naturopath, women’s health speaker, and author
What a read! I devoured it and especially loved Mandy's common sense approach - the tips dotted throughout and the fast facts are super. Overall a fantastic insight into all things skin and hair!
Catherine O'Keeffe, Founder, Wellness Warrior
Since first hearing Mandy speak she has become my trusted go-to regarding women's hormonal health and through these pages she distills complex hormonal science into practical, clear bite-sized stories and advice that women of every age will benefit from.
Kate O'Brien, Author, Journalist and Wellness expert
This book is an excellent resource for women who want to find out why they are losing the hair and suffering with skin changes. Also suitable for the beauty industry and healthcare professionals who get asked about skin and hair health during consultations, I found it fascinating, and will be recommending it to my patients.
Hazel Hayden, RGN NMP, BMS accredited specialist
Dr Mandy Leonhardt's approach to skin and hair care is refreshingly insightful and profoundly empowering. Her book goes beyond superficial solutions, guiding readers through the underlying biological processes and offering solutions that work with our bodies, not against them.
Georgie Kovacs, Founder, Fempower Health